TEMPE, Ariz. — The formula for the St. Louis Rams' resurgence couldn't be simpler. Get the ball to Marshall Faulk.
Even when he's hurting.
Faulk overcame leg cramps to rush for 178 yards in 27 carries Sunday, including the clinching 13-yard touchdown with 1:53 to play, as the defending NFC champions won their third consecutive game after an 0-5 start, 27-14 over the Arizona Cardinals.
"He was cramping up," Ram quarterback Marc Bulger said. "I saw the look on his face and I didn't know if he was going to make it, but he showed something out there today."
St. Louis is 19-0 when Faulk reaches triple digits in rushing. He had 16 carries in the fourth quarter.
"That's what I'm here to do," Faulk said. "I'm here to be in there at crunch time, getting those carries, running out the clock. That's my job. Sometimes you're not 100%. Sometimes you're not 90. But you've got to go out there and give it your all."